I grew up with alternately no TV and very limited TV, and I'm perfectly nor---wait, no I'm not. I'm on MDC!
My sister remembers going to school for the first time, and being baffled by all these kids who wanted to play Batman. She had no idea who Batman was. On the other hand, there were plenty of other
subjects with which she could have happily engaged the other kids... except all they seemed to know about was Batman! I'd say they were freakier than her. And no, she doesn't seem to be permanently damaged.
DH and I don't have a TV, although we do watch a lot of shows (currently Buffy, M*A*S*H* and Voyager) on the computer. For us, getting a TV would seem like a huge step back. Who wants to be forced to watch a show when it happens to be on, with ad breaks every three minutes? How primitive!
And no special DVD features? Bah.
I did Screen and Media Studies at Uni, and adore watching films, so I do plan to expose my kids to more films than we were allowed to watch at home. I never discovered Star Wars until I was about 16, and I wish my parents had rented it when I was younger, so I could have grown up on it. I never saw The Princess Bride until I was older, either; again, seems like a shame! Just like I look forward to sharing my favourite books with my kids, I look forward to sharing my favourite shows. There's something special about snuggling down with someone to watch The Sound of Music for the first time in her little life, no?
But getting a TV? Heck no. We have nowhere to put it; I don't need to watch reality shows or informercials; ads in NZ are incredibly inane; I really don't see the point in having one. If you were to offer me a fancy flatscreen, I'd be like 'Uh, thanks, could I take that in cash?'. Of course, a digital projector is another matter.
I wonder if I can legitimately lobby for that as a 'homeschooling expense', against the day when my kidlings will benefit from watching Ancient Egypt documentaries in glorious wall-covering hugeness?